Jacob Kohut is a Washington-based bassoonist, composer, and music instructor. He currently is the acting president of the Fairfax County Band Directors Association and coordinator of the Fairfax County Band Directors’ Association Solo Competition. Jacob also gives private lessons for bassoon, reed-making, saxophone, and composition. His resume of compositions for various ensembles and ability levels now exceeds 50 pieces. Some of his ensembles have been performed by the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason Wind Ensemble, West Potomac High School Wind Symphony, Bishop Ireton High School Wind Ensemble, Lanier Middle School Wind Ensemble, Hayfield Secondary Symphonic Band, 257th Army Band, and the Capitol Reed Trio. As an eight-year member of the 257th Army Band in Washington, DC, Jacob has performed in Jamaica and the Virgin Islands for notables including the Jamaican Ambassador, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass. His responsibilities in the band include playing bassoon, tenor sax, and alto sax in the concert band, and serving as bassoonist in the woodwind quintet, and arranger for the band. He also regularly serves as conductor for the band and was integral in establishing and leading the DC All-City Honor Band, which the 257th Army Band hosts. Jacob has also performed with the Army Orchestra, the Air Force Band, the McLean Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Manassas Choral, Mason Symphony Orchestra, and Mason Wind Symphony.